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In an overpopulated futuristic Earth, a New York police detective finds himself marked for murder by government agents when he gets too close to a bizarre state secret involving the origins of a revolutionary and needed new foodstuff.
Even though the big reveal is practically common knowledge, Soylent Green is still an interesting stroll through a remarkably well fleshed out dystopian future.
In Soylent Green the future is overcrowded and sticky. There is an oppressive heat director Fleischer manages to convey rather well. There is always a sense of being in a cramped space when we're with the protagonists, which is contrasted really well with simple pleasures that have become valuable commodities only available to the rich. The world building is one of the film's strongest assets, with the idea of the Exchange (a group of scholars tucked away like some living Wikipedia) being my favourite. The past is…
It's 2022, the world is overpopulated, food is scarce and the most popular food is soylent green. Soylent Green stars Charlton Heston as a cop investigating the murder of a top level Soylent executive. Movie is proof that you can make a top notch science fiction movie without the heavy use of computer aided special effects. Movie paints a future that my favorite author, Kurt Vonnegut, Jr. would appreciate.
There are lots of great scenes in this movie...the ones that stand out to me:
1. Edward G. Robinson's final scene in the movie and the final scene in his long movie career....he died 10 days after film wrapped.
2. Heston and Robinson eating a real meal for the first in…
The worst film of this project so far - and I really wasn't expecting it to be.
Of course, everyone knows the ending to this film. Even though it's not exactly one of the most watched films of all time, the originality of the twist behind it, certainly for its time, has allowed it to attain a fair amount of attention for that fact. But I think the fact that it is attained very little attention for anything else here is very telling.
It's half a silly sci-fi parable and half serious futuristic mystery and never do the two feel like they come together at all. It's filled with kitschy scenes that do feel fitting for the…
August 2016: Scavenger Hunt #17
TASK #16: A post-apocalyptic film!
Also known as People. A lot of the time, filmmakers often think that works of science fiction can be compelling if you add more action and effects in there. They think wrong. All you need is a strong script, good acting, and solid direction, and Soylent Green offers those in spades. Not only does this feature one of the late great Charlton Heston's best performances but also one of his surprisingly more restrained ones as well. Richard Fleischer's handling of the dark post-apocalyptic atmosphere is very deft and he keeps things moving at a good pace. A lot of the time, this film is very effective, and even downright creepy at points, and yet overall, it's oddly quite insightful. I knew about the classic twist before seeing this, so I never felt any surprise or impact, so it's best to see this gem by going in blind.
Charlton Heston rocking an ascot like its nobodies business.
Best/worst trailer ever cut. "What is the secret of Soylent Green?" Immediately cuts to people getting ground up into meat. Classic.
First hour is pretty much a basic detective thriller set in a world where the greenhouse gases literally turn the world green. Really crowded and ugly world. At times a little too bleak for its own good. Then it cuts to Charlton Heston talking/slapping women and it gets silly again. Yet another 70s dystopia that would probably be better as an HBO show (looking at you Logan's Run ).
Soylent Green is a far more serious, more interestingly made film then most give it credit. i feel like it's now well know ending revelation and the jokes and parodies that have gone along with it has over shadowed the actual merits of this very well made film. i kept thinking 2 things while watching it again last night :
1) i wish i could have seen this in theater in 1973 and have it all be a fresh experience.
2) Charlton Heston's seventies sci fi career reminds me recent Tom Cruise career as the master of the one shot serious sci fi film.
all in all, Soylent Green still stands up great today as slice of golden 1970s science fiction cinema.
Fell asleep halfway through. Don't feel like I missed everything
time4 a re-watch ##3 in the charlton heston sci-fi trilogy also joseph cotten (citizen kane) & the gr8 edward g robinson's last films this 1 is just begging 4 a re-make
So, what's here beyond the punch-line ending?
For the most part, a surprisingly palpable dystopic setting wherein that ending feels less like a twist than an inevitability, where human life has become so abundant it's become devalued. I don't generally concern myself too much about whether any given movie or idea is dated, but it stands out when an older movie's sci-fi ideas are as not dated as we see here.
Some are a little more out there than others - real estate companies offering live female flesh as ambulatory furniture (and so much as branded that) is a workable extension of the film's theme of commodified human life, but it seems like at least as much of a stretch as the human-scooping dump trucks. Still, our most prominent piece of ambulatory furniture is played by Leigh Taylor-Young, or is she a time-traveling Lauren Ambrose? Way to tease me, movie.
A movie with brains that is as funny as it Is sad and thought provoking with great preformances.
Like The Planet of the Apes (1968) before it, it's hard to even approach Soylent Green without knowing the twist beforehand. Indeed, the two films are built of the same pedigree: both star Charlton Heston, and they're both incredibly unnerving sci-fi flicks. What gives Planet the edge, however, is that it really gives power to its concept, whereas Soylent Green plays like a detective thriller for most of its running time, only unveiling its real focus in the final few minutes; it lacks the energy of its closest antecedent. Still, this is a finely rendered dystopian universe with a sickening vibe running throughout, and it's driven by a great script that proved to be hugely prophetic in terms of how…
An out of control greenhouse effect combined with overpopulation has thrown the world into a death spiral of pain and misery. Charlton Heston plays a cop, a product of his society, greedy, petty, and without vision. Edward G. Robinson plays a book, a sort of forensic researcher, and Heston's conscience. It's a horrible future of food lines, deprivation, extreme classism, where wealthy men own apartments with 'furniture,' women who are essentially slaves. But even in this awful place, new horrors can still shock, and there is a horror at the heart of the system that must be revealed.
Spoiled to death, but I paid no mind, still a great fucking concept and pulled off real nice, but I wouldn't mind a remake cause I think there is room for much more exploring to this idea. Anyways its a pretty good movie and Heston is great!
Deplorably sexist and pathetically constructed...pick any sci-fi or detective movie at random and find a more complex plot
This was my 5th viewing of this SciFi classic and the first time it ventures into 5 stars territory. It's easy to criticize the film for its dated view and the inappropriate treatment of furniture. Upon close inspection the world and setting of Soylent Green reveal some flaws and do not always make sense. Why would society not know who’s on the board of a company like Soylent. Is the media dead? Why does Roth get a hard on when he gets two books made of actual paper when he has ancient looking lecture lying around in the background. There is more where this comes from.
Still this never gets boring. The big reveal isn’t that shocking anymore (does anybody…
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"It's Mission Impossible!" is the true peak of cinéma.
I work at a movie theater and patrons mess up movie titles all the time. Here are some of the…